Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:45 UTC
Games Valve has just announced it will start selling applications through Steam. "The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you. More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight." I feel like a broken record at this point, but guys and girls, Valve is going to release specifications for a 'Steambox'. A set of minimum specifications a Linux or Windows machine has to adhere to, either self-built or by an OEM. Steam pre-installed, can be used as regular PC and as a console. With Windows 8 locking itself down, this is their only option - and I applaud it.
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Not going to reinvent the Wheel...
by Gestahlt on Wed 8th Aug 2012 19:40 UTC
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Valve is just extending their offers and is becoming another App store.

Not that i mind. Their offers werent bad and a lot of good titles that never hit the shelf got deserved money.

Good decision there. They did now extend their Market into the Linux world which is a great step for users and valve. I hope their App store will also be Linux friendly and also the quality of software they provide.

Linux has great software already but it often doesnt have that well polished feeling Windows or Apple apps have (For example in Audio Production). I think this will add to the user experience and as well as a good platform for smaller dev studios or startups to have a chance at the market.

I wish Valve best of luck there.

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